Bernice Kristoferson

1930 - 2018

It is with many happy memories and saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Bernice Elaine Kristoferson at her residence on March 27, 2018 in her 89th year. She was predeceased by her husband Bert in 2007. Bernice was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on February 28, 1930, daughter of Carl and Bertha Daugherty and is the last living member of her family. She is the dearly loved mother of Paul Kristoferson and his wife JoAnn, Kim McIvor and her husband Tim, Frederick Lars (deceased infant son), and Karin Kristoferson and her husband John LaCroix. Mom trained as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and London Psychiatric Hospital and graduated in 1952. She continued to work at St. Joe’s as a private duty nurse until January 1953 and then accepted a RN position at London Psychiatric and there, met the love of her life Bert, who was working there as an electrician. They married October 8, 1955, purchased their first home in the small village of Byron and started their family. They subsequently moved to Centralia and spent over 19 years in the Exeter area and after retirement, moved to their favourite place on earth, Tobermory, where Dad built their home and where she lived for another 28 years. She and Dad were blessed and very proud of their six grandchildren; Adam Kristoferson and his wife Katherine and their two sons, Patrick and Rowan, Samantha Kristoferson and her husband Emilio Jose Garcia Rodriguez, Lucas McIvor and his wife Lisa and great-grandchild # 3; Paige McIvor and her partner Aran Hinton, Hannah Cann (LaCroix) and her husband Justin and great-grandchild # 4, and Claire LaCroix. Bernice loved her family and friends dearly. She also loved giving back and being involved in the community. While living in the Exeter area she was involved in Eastern Star and enjoying the company of their many friends from that area. Bernice had an incredible green thumb and worked tirelessly in many of her gardens throughout her lifetime. When they retired to Tobermory, Mom became a volunteer for Hospice and spent many hours visiting and providing support to members of the Northern Bruce Peninsula community. Some of her proudest community achievements were being involved with the UCW and fundraising for the building of the Tobermory United Church. She was also involved with fundraising for the new medical clinic in Tobermory and the hyperbaric chamber. For many years she was and an active member of the Women’s Information Network (WIN). Of all of their travels over the years, Mom’s favourite vacations were camping with friends, trips to Newfoundland Labrador and an Alaskan cruise. She was an avid enthusiast of Friday night cards with friends and playing ‘Pegs and Jokers’. Mom was faith filled, a deep thinker, a quiet leader, and a generous and determined spirit. She loved life and enjoyed meeting people. As a family, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the special members of the amazing Tobermory community who have been a wonderful support to Mom in the last few years, specifically Brad Inglis, Al Carnahan and Wanda Thomson. We also appreciate the dedication of Michelle Middlebrough of VON. We are deeply grateful for the caring and compassionate support from Dr. George Harpur and Dr. Dave Thomson. A Celebration of life will be held at the Tobermory United Church on March 31, 2018 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted for the Tobermory Health Auxiliary (Hyperbaric Chamber project and Meeting place projects), or the Tobermory United Church. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

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